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District Office Internship Program

The 73rd Assembly District Office Internship Program offers high school seniors and college students a unique opportunity to participate in and experience the work of a state legislative office. The program exposes students to district office operations and the grassroots activities of a legislator’s work. These experiences include working with constituents, conducting community outreach efforts, assisting community-based organizations, organizing civic events and projects, database development and upkeep, staffing the office, and other activities.

Many legislators and senior policy staff began their careers by interning in a legislative office. It is an invaluable way to gain a true understanding of California’s democratic process, as well as an excellent opportunity to make important contacts while serving the community.

Internships are available to all part-time or full-time students 17 years of age or older. Depending on their high school or college programs, students may also receive different types of school credits for participating as an intern, as well as earn a letter of recommendation from the Assemblywoman.

Interns will gain valuable education and work experience by fully participating in agreed-upon hours of work. All internship work is voluntary and students will not receive any monetary compensation. Transportation and other expenses are the responsibility of the intern.

Desired Qualifications

We are seeking candidates with a strong interest in public policy, community outreach, writing, political science, economics, communications, public relations or a similar area of study.

Applicants with these areas of interest will find the State Assembly internship a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Key skills include:

  • Interest in local and state issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing deadlines simultaneously
  • Ability to interact with constituents over the phone, email and in-person
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Fluency in second language is beneficial

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with office procedures, routine correspondence, telephone inquiries and special projects
  • Assist constituents with state related issues and other inquiries
  • Assist in research and planning of upcoming events and projects
  • Research issues in response to community inquiries
  • Research legislation and policy issues
  • Attending events with members of the district staff or the Assemblywoman
  • Participating in at least one district sponsored event or activity on a weekend during the internship

How to Apply

If you are interested in participating in the 73rd Assembly District Office Internship Program, you may submit your application online by filling out the fields below.

As space becomes available, qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Thank you for your interest in this very unique opportunity to serve your community. We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please call our Irvine District Office at (949) 251-0074.

Personal Information
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Is the internship for course credit?
Normal Office hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Supporting Documents
Please be sure to address the following questions in your cover letter:

1. Please briefly describe why you are interested in interning for Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris and what you would like to learn from this experience.

2. What is your major? How will this internship help with your area of study?

3. Please list any experience that will be relevant to the internship.
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